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This millennium, Britain’s dragonfly contingent has been in the throes of revolution. Several sparkling species have crossed the sea to start colonising the UK. In this ambitious itinerary, you might see up to seven magnificent dragonflies unknown in Britain two decades previously.

The new glitterati: Adding sparkle to the autumn wardrobe

A liberal sprinkling of rhinestones and crystals adds a welcome touch of sparkle to everyday life, says Kate Rose Morris

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iStyle: Discover your inner explorer with a parka

A woollen coat may look smart, but when winter arrives a parka will be  essential kit for the daily commute, says Lee Holmes

'It's your own fault': Tiger bites off Oklahoma zookeeper's arm

The owner of the controversial Oklahoma Zoo where the attack took place says the employee 'violated protocol' by sticking her hand inside the cage.

Ed Miliband has put pressure on companies with his 'big freeze' promise

Julian Knight: It's high time for the 'Big Six' suppliers to clean up their act

Energy companies are in for a tough ride if they don't listen to consumers

Scene from The Resistible Rise of Arturo Ui

Theatre review: The Resistible Rise of Arturo Ui

The role of Arturo Ui calls for bravura, high-definition acting and that's what it gets, in spades, from Henry Goodman in Jonathan Church's splendid production, which began life last year in the Minerva Studio at Chichester and has now transferred to the West End.  Brecht's blackly farcical "gangster spectacle" satirises Hitler's bloody rise to power by cutting him down to size as a ridiculous Chicago hoodlum who seizes control of the city’s greengrocery protection racket. In a tour de force of wild-eyed demonic intensity, the actor brilliantly charts the evolution of an absurd upstart into blood-freezing demagogue.

Kiwi pop star Lorde channels Kate Bush on-stage

Music Review: Lorde distinguishes herself from manufactured peers at first UK gig

She might be riding high in the US Billboard charts, but Lorde – Ella Yelich-O’Connor, a 16-year-old sensation from New Zealand – chose a cramped Soho basement for her debut UK performance. Surveying the packed audience, all straining for a glimpse, she observed: "I'm pretty sure if there was a fire we wouldn't all be here."

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If we want a fairer education system we must start by putting less pressure on kids

Richer parents will always buy into extra provision – so why not ensure all pupils are put on a more equal footing

Beowulf is depicted in his battle against Grendel

Feasting and fighting: the long-lost secrets of Beowulf

Archaeologists in Denmark have excavated the sixth-century great dining hall at the centre of the epic work

Virgin passenger jet forced to emergency land due to 'technical fault' between Heathrow and New York

Passengers on a Virgin Atlantic flight were left stranded in Canadian airport overnight after the plane carrying them was forced to make an emergency landing.

Love blooms: Aldo Di Toro as Nemorino and Sarah Tynan as Adina in L’elisir d’amore

Classical review: L'elisir d'amore - Plant-food and pesticide make a knock-out elixir

Holland Park's Donizetti is set on an industrial farm and its hero wears a boiler suit, but the warmth of the singing still melts hearts

It is hard to look past Michelle Larcher de Brito’s win over Maria Sharapova for one of the moments of the tournament so far

Nick Bollettieri: My Wimbledon week - Laura Robson is Slam material

Legendary coach looks back over a stunning first few days at the All England Club and reveals who has made him gasp with admiration, laugh out loud and brought a tear to the eye

Australia's captain Michael Clarke

All change for the Ashes: Opening bat Nick Compton ditched by England, while Australia sack coach Mickey Arthur

England and Australia both took ruthless decisions yesterday in their quest for the Ashes. The home side dropped an opening batsman in Nick Compton, the tourists sacked their coach, Mickey Arthur. With 15 days to go before the series starts at Trent Bridge it was irrefutable evidence that both countries will do what they think it takes.

Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard

'Gender wars' flare with vengeance over Australia opposition's crude joke at Prime Minister Julia Gillard

Australia's "gender wars" have reignited with a vengeance, with the Prime Minister, Julia Gillard, warning that politics will be dominated by "men in blue ties" if her Labor government loses power, and the opposition Liberal Party embarrassed by revelations about a fundraising dinner menu containing crude references to Ms Gillard's physique.

Rise of the machines: Christof Heyns points to the history of drone-deployment as evidence that countries could escalate to using autonomous robots

UN envoy urges end to plans for battle-field killing machines

Ethical groups join call to halt machine-soldiers that identify and kill without human input

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His life, the universe and everything

New biography sheds light on comic genius of Douglas Adams
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Shows like Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D are little more than marketing tools
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Reach for the skies

From pools to football pitches, rooftop living is looking up
These are the 12 best hotel spas in the UK

12 best hotel spas in the UK

Some hotels go all out on facilities; others stand out for the sheer quality of treatments
These Iranian-controlled Shia militias used to specialise in killing American soldiers. Now they are fighting Isis, backed up by US airstrikes

Widespread fear of Isis is producing strange bedfellows

Iranian-controlled Shia militias that used to kill American soldiers are now fighting Isis, helped by US airstrikes
Topshop goes part Athena poster, part last spring Prada

Topshop goes part Athena poster, part last spring Prada

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How to make a Lego masterpiece

How to make a Lego masterpiece

Toy breaks out of the nursery and heads for the gallery
Meet the ‘Endies’ – city dwellers who are too poor to have fun

Meet the ‘Endies’ – city dwellers who are too poor to have fun

Urbanites are cursed with an acronym pointing to Employed but No Disposable Income or Savings
Paisley’s decision to make peace with IRA enemies might remind the Arabs of Sadat

Ian Paisley’s decision to make peace with his IRA enemies

His Save Ulster from Sodomy campaign would surely have been supported by many a Sunni imam
'She was a singer, a superstar, an addict, but to me, her mother, she is simply Amy'

'She was a singer, a superstar, an addict, but to me, her mother, she is simply Amy'

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Is this the role to win Cumberbatch an Oscar?

Is this the role to win Cumberbatch an Oscar?

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England and Roy Hodgson take a joint step towards redemption in Basel

England and Hodgson take a joint step towards redemption

Welbeck double puts England on the road to Euro 2016
Relatives fight over Vivian Maier’s rare photos

Relatives fight over Vivian Maier’s rare photos

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‘Fashion has to be fun. It’s a big business, not a cure for cancer’

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